Australian Open Betting Preview, Odds for Tournament Favorites

Australian Open Betting Preview, Odds for Tournament Favorites

Australian Open Betting Preview, Odds for Tournament Favorites

Even with Murray and Novak Djokovic out of the frame for much of 2017 due to injury, "Gen Next" once again failed to make inroads at the four tournaments that really count.

The signs were less than positive when he suffered more pain in the elbow and withdrew from his scheduled opening tournament of 2018 in Abu Dhabi.

"It's not an official match but still a test for me and good practice, that's the most important thing, that's the most important thing for the whole season", the 31-year-old Spaniard said, reaffirming his need to keep practising hard to be prepared for the Australian Open.

Although Djokovic said he was delighted with his performance, especially his serve, he acknowledged that he was still not in ideal shape.

Annacone believes that Federer proved the doubters wrong, after failing to win a major title for four years from 2013 before taking two in 2017: the Australian Open and Wimbledon, where he became the oldest victor in the modern era at 35.

As mentioned above, Djokovic has triumphed at the Australian Open more time than any other male players.

Djokovic, who has dropped to number 14 in the world, will be chasing a record seventh Australian Open title if he competes in the tournament, which begins on January 15.

Roger Federer found himself in a slightly awkward position before the Australian Open draw.

While his younger rivals battle their bodies, the 36-year-old is living the dream and looks a strong favourite to retain his title and become the first man to hit 20 Grand Slam singles titles.

The US Open was missing Wawrinka, Djokovic, Nishikori, Raonic and Murray, and after the early eliminations of Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, it was one of the rare Grand Slams where big names didn't dominate the quarterfinals.

Williams' quarter also includes fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina and 13th-seeded Sloane Stephens, who won last year's U.S. Open but has lost all seven matches she's played since.

Federer will saddle up for a 19th time in the main draw at Melbourne Park, looking to frustrate "Generation Next" once again and defend the title he won past year during a stunning comeback from knee surgery. "It's not a secret that I have my sights on 25", she said.

Halep, ranked No. 1, is aiming to win her first Grand Slam title.

"(Federer) could always get picked off early", McEnroe said.

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